Dying and Rising

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When you let go…you can actually live.


Listen to my song “Take the Road Less Traveled” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Luke 9:24-25

“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”


This is one of Jesus’ key teachings.

It’s very Eastern – much like a Zen koan which is defined as a paradoxical anecdote or riddle to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.

I believe the gist is that you have to let go of what your ego is concocting as your life.

Your ego will likely try to create a world in which it is the center of attention and everything revolves around it.

Jesus calls on us to let that go and open ourselves to a deeper desire.

Many times we need to run into a wall or suffer some type of colossal failure before we are able to awaken to the delusion of living as a “false self.”

Usually it takes additional time in contemplative prayer such as Centering Prayer or meditation before something new will begin to rise.

Then one day down the road you find you are living as your true self…a person your ego could never have conceived of because more than likely you are serving others.

At this point you will no doubt look back at those dark times when you thought the world was ending and be thankful that it all happened just that way.

You will realize that it was all Grace and that you wouldn’t trade it for the world.


Listen to my song “Take the Road Less Traveled” on the Live to Love album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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